Dale Reading Room for Archives + Special Collections
Fleet Library at RISD, 2nd floor Room 201
Regular Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Laurie Whitehill Chong, Special Collections Librarian
Ariel Bordeaux, Special Collections Assistant
Special Collections materials and Artists’ Books are listed in the Library’s online catalog and may be viewed in the Dale Reading Room for Archives + Special Collections. Because of their age, condition, scarcity, size, research value and history, these materials do not circulate. For further information about these resources, how they might be incorporated into course objectives, or for research assistance, please contact the Special Collections Librarian.
Special Collections includes nearly 12,000 important and rare printed books and periodicals that date from as early as the 16th century to present. Historical as well as contemporary materials cover the fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and design and provide supplemental and inspirational resources for students, faculty, and outside researchers. Featured collections include the Gorham Manufacturing Company Design Library, the Lowthorpe Collection of Landscape Architecture, the Ordewer Collection of American Typography, the Stanley Moss Collection of Pop-up Books, and the Jack Lenor Larsen Collection of Textile Swatches.
The Special Collections Librarian is available to assist faculty, students, and researchers with class and individual research projects using these collections. Scheduled class visits for course-related presentations add richness and immediacy to the learning experience for both Liberal Arts and Studio classes. Drop-in visits for viewing one or two items are welcome, but for more in-depth personalized assistance, appointments are recommended.
The Artists’ Books Collection includes nearly 1400 multiples, hand-made book objects, limited edition books, and zines dating from the mid-1960’s to present. These works of art in book form offer unique resources for research, personal study and inspiration. The collection also includes numerous related book arts references and artists’ ephemera files. Featured collections include bookmaking process archives of internationally known book artists Carol Barton, Ruth Laxson and Angela Lorenz. Because of their scarcity, fragility, and value, artists’ books and book arts materials do not circulate. The Special Collections Librarian is available to assist faculty, students, and researchers with individual research and book projects and can provide presentations and book-making demonstrations for both Liberal Arts and Studio classes. Drop-in visits for viewing one or two items are welcome, but for more in-depth personalized assistance, appointments are recommended.